Another upset tonight, this time by the visiting Fever, which took down the Sky, 85-72. Indiana is used to adversity:
The Fever were without injured star Katie Douglas, who is day to day with a different back injury than the one that limited her to just four games during the season, but playing short-handed in big games is pretty much the norm for Indiana.
The Fever lost nine players to injury this season and four for at least 16 games, and are the only playoff team with a losing record. During the title run last season, Douglas was lost in the conference finals and Jeanette Pohlen tore her left ACL in Game 2 of the Finals.
One game out of the four in the opening round went according to script, as the Lynx hammered the Storm, 80-64.
A more comfortable Maya Moore is emerging as the Lynx’s leader in her third season as a pro.
(It strikes me that Moore has a WNBA championship and longs for the MVP award, while Candace Parker has two MVPs and pines for a title)
The WNBA has never seen a player like Elena Delle Donne.